Intro to Sailing Class or Summer and Fall Cruises from Scovare Expeditions

Forest Highlands

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In a Nutshell

  • 50-minute hands-on lesson
  • Choose one of four sunset, evening, or nighttime cruises
  • Scenic Willamette River routes

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Promotional value expires Nov 3, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Subject to availability. Lessons valid at 4:30PM Sun-Fri. Cruises valid Sun-Fri. Operates in all weather conditions. 48-hour cancellation notice required or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Bodies of water are frequent metaphors in poetry, due to their unfathomable depths, unknowable sprawl, and unattainable porpoises. Set sail into the enigma with today's Groupon from Scovare Expeditions, located at Staff Jennings Marina. Choose between the following options:

  • For $19, you get a 50-minute introduction to sailing lesson, available at 4:30 p.m., Sunday–Friday (a $40 value).
  • For $29, you get one of four 1.5-hour cruises (a $59 value). Cruise options include the Evening Sail, Sunset Sail, City Lights Cruise, and Starlight or Full Moon Sail.

Scovare's salty captains unveil the windblown channels of the Willamette River to budding sailors and sight-seeing passengers. Students lay hands on helm and handle lines in the introductory sailing class, learning to harness the wind to pull the vessel the way one harnesses a neighbor to pull a lawnmower. Summer-evening sailing cruises embark at 6 p.m., cooling passengers on hot days with river breezes, and sunset cruises put keels to currents tinged with amber reflections at 7:30 p.m. nightly through the first of September. Passengers bask in the glow of Portland's glittering skyline on City Lights Cruises (9 p.m. during summer, 7:30 p.m. after September 1). Until October, Full Moon Cruises depart docks at 10:30 p.m. to slip through starlit waters on a mission to rescue solar-powered submarines.

Routes for each cruise vary, with some excursions heading upriver past the Palatine Castle and around scenic Elk Rock Island. Other outings tour the Holgate Channel, passing the downtown riverfront and winding around the west side of Ross Island. Passengers may request their preferred route.

Scovare Expeditions Inc.

With more than 25 years of maritime experience, Shane St. Clair captains Scovare Expeditions' fleet of sailboats, unveiling the windblown channels of the Willamette River to budding sailors and sightseeing passengers. During sailing tours, passengers can bob across the river while taking in the views of the volcanic caldera of Elk Rock Island or feast on three-course meals as the sails fill up with wind like a balloon ruining its dinner. A new Cape Cod Catboat available for charter takes tours, classes, and small dinners on a glide, and a sleek Aquarius sailboat keeps guests boating in style. Those interested in learning the ropes can sign up for sailing lessons, where savvy instructors teach novices how to command the helm, guide the lines, and barter with miserly seagulls.

Customer Reviews

Loved it !! Definitely will do it again. Amazing view
Mayra Z. · November 5, 2016
Great instructor
Melissa B. · October 30, 2016
Good stories, very personable ! Love to support small businesses
Denise · September 19, 2016
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    Forest Highlands

    8240 SW Macadam Ave.

    Portland, Oregon 97219

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